The American Express - Third Round Preview
LaQUINTA - Reigning FedExCup champion Patrick Cantlay followed his opening round 10-under (62) on the LaQuinta CC course with a 4-under (68) on Nicklaus Tournament course to extend his streak of consecutive rounds in the 60s to 21.
Meanwhile, 2020-21 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Will Zalatoris closed his 2nd round with seven consecutive birdies (Nos. 3-9*) on Nicklaus Tournament Course to match career-low round of (61) - (R-2 of 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship).
Seeking first Tour title, Tom Hoge played his first 36 holes bogey-free for the first time in his career. He’s shot (65) and (66) and trails Cantlay by a single stroke heading into today’s third round.
There will be a cut this evening to allow the top 65 players (and ties) to play Sunday. (Cut Predictor)
AMEX Leaderboard after 36 Holes:
Patrick Cantlay 62-68–130 (-14) LQ-NT
Tom Hoge 65-66–131 (-13) NT-SC
Will Zalatoris 71-61–132 (-12) LQ-NT
Lanto Griffin 67-65–132 (-12) NT-SC
Greyson Sigg 65-67–132 (-12) NT-SC
Cameron Young 64-68–132 (-12) LQ-NT
Joseph Bramlett 65-67–132 (-12) SC-LQ
Full leaderboard: (link)
The American Express:
COURSE(s): PGA West (Stadium) - LaQuinta, California along with PGA WEST (Nicklaus Tournament), and La Quinta Country Club.
PRIZE Money/First Place Winnings: $7,600,000/$1,368,000
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Si Woo Kim
PAST RESULTS: (link)
PAST CHAMPIONS: (link)
FEDEx CUP Points / to Winner: 500
OFFICIAL SITE: (The American Express)
TV COVERAGE: TV coverage is from 3:00pm to 7:00pm (ET) on Golf Channel.
PGA TOUR LIVE STREAMING on ESPN+: Streaming coverage will be featured on ESPN-Plus today and Sunday with Main Feed, Featured Hole and Featured Groups from 11:30am to 7:00pm (ET).
PGA TOUR RADIO COVERAGE: SiriusXM Radio will have live radio coverage of the The American Express with weekend coverage on Sirius XM Radio running from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. PGA Tour Radio is available on Sirius 208/XM 92 or online via PGATour(dot)com.
How to Watch: In case of changes, visit: (PGATourCom)
The American Express Tee Times today at 8:40am (local)/11:40pm (ET) and continue to 10:40pm (local)/1:40pm (ET).
Weather: Partly cloudy but breezy. Temperatures 61-70 degrees. Winds 12-18 mph with gusts ranging 20-28 mph - heavier in the 10am-12 Noon (Pacific Time) but continuing all afternoon. No chance of rain and dry conditions all weekend. (link)
PGATourBrunch will post at 11am (ET) on Sunday.
Next Week: The Farmer’s Insurance ( (link)
*Feel free to forward this edition of PGA Tour Brunch to your friends and/or family members who love pro golf.
The American Express - Field, Tee Times, Leaderboard:
The Field - (link)
Tee Times: (link)
What They’re Saying:
Cantlay Takes Solo lead at AMEX (PGATourCom/Associated Press)
Will Zalatoris Closed with seven birdies for (61) - (GolfCom)
How to Watch Round 3 at American Express (PGATourCom)
On This Day in Golf History:
January 22, 2006 - Chad Campbell won the Bob Hope Desert Classic at LaQuinta despite hitting two balls in the water and firing a one-under-par (71) in his final round. Campbell still won by three shots over Scott Verplank and Jesper Parnevik. - Courtesy of Randy Walker, Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE
Golf lost a friend in the passing of New York Islanders Hall of Famer Clark Gillies who raised millions in efforts for Huntington (Long Island) Pediatric Hospital and E.R. among many, many other charitable efforts during and after his impactful #NHL career.